It’s not uncommon to hear employers express concern about filling open positions. Many employers are inundated with applications from unqualified candidates who lack the necessary credentials and experience—a drain on company time and resources.
For many employees and their employers, pay raises and the opportunity to work overtime hours at a higher rate of pay sound like positive opportunities. But what are opportunities for some are pitfalls for others—especially those who receive public benefits. That’s because earning more may render someone ineligible to continue receiving public benefits like healthcare and child care.
Employee absences carry hidden costs that can affect an organization’s productivity and revenue.
Employ Buffalo Niagara partners receive update on ongoing initiatives
It was a full house for the November meeting of the Employ Buffalo Niagara Coalition as partners provided updates on several different programs and initiatives in workforce development in our region. That included a review of the Coalition’s main working groups including:
The very future of our region is dependent upon our ability as a community to come together to bridge the gaps in both racial equity and the future (and current!) workforce needs of employers. Half of our members say workforce is a pain point right now and 75% say it is now or will be in the next two to five years.
Employ Buffalo Niagara connects local employers with residents seeking job opportunities. While job placement is vital to the success of our region, creating opportunity is only step one in addressing our regional workforce challenges.
The existence of complex social, economic, and environmental problems is inescapable. Topics such as unemployment, underemployment, racial disparities, growing skill gaps, and transportation dilemmas are constantly on the list of things needing not only attention, but long-lasting solutions. The complexity of these issues requires dynamic, adaptable, and sustainable solutions. These types of solutions cannot be created by one individual, group, or organization. Like the famous African Proverb “it takes a village to raise a child,” it takes a variety of united participants to effectively work to solve these types of social, economic, and environmental issues.
A new workforce development initiative is spreading rapidly across the country and it’s now being deployed here in Western New York. Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) applies the principles of supply chain management to talent acquisition. Developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and successfully implemented in Houston, Texas, TPM is at the core of Employ Buffalo Niagara – a new regional, employer-led workforce development initiative powered by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
As talk of extending Buffalo’s Metro Rail beyond its current footprint is becoming a more serious conversation, there is a growing sense that Transit Orientated Development (TOD) must be a part of Buffalo Niagara’s economic development future.